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Latest Good Samaritan News & Updates

Current Updates and News Coverage:

  • Good Samaritan now has a way for you to show appreciation to our staff on the frontline of this Covid-19 pandemic! A wish list through Amazon has been established to stock a Comfort Cart. Through this Comfort Cart wish list you will be able to buy items to be shipped directly to Good Samaritan to stock the cart. Our frontline staff will then have the opportunity to grab items from the cart to brighten their day! Click here to see WTHI's coverage of this story.

8/31/2020

  • The Convenient Care Clinic at Williams Bros. Pharmacy will be closed until further notice.

7/17/2020

  • New visitor guidelines released. Click here to see new guidelines.

6/5/2020

  • Beginning Saturday, June 6 the Good Samaritan Health Pavilion will resume normal hours of 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays for visitors and patients to utilize that entrance. Patients and visitors will still need to utilize the Emergency Room entrance on Sundays.
  • Beginning Monday, June 8, Good Samaritan will not longer be taking temperatures on nonsurgical patients. Only visitors and patients who are coming to the hospital for a surgical procedure will need to have a temperature screening.
  • Beginning Monday, June 8 all surgical patients, inpatient and same day, as well as endoscopy patients will utilize the Same Day Surgery entrance.
  • Beginning Monday, June 8, the Good Samaritan Dayson Heart Center entrance will be open for only heart center patients and their accompanying visitor.

6/3/2020

5/8/2020

  • Good Samaritan to Implement Universal Masking for All Employees, Patients and Visitors click to read more.
  • Good Samaritan Convenient Care Clinic is Resuming All Acute Care Services Utilizing Stop, Park and Call Acute Care Clinic ​ click to read more.
  • Good Samaritan Sports Performance will reopen at its new location on May 11 at 2020 Clearview Drive. To schedule training services, call 812-885-3011, option #4.
  • The Good Samaritan Skin Spa is reopening on May 11. To view services and to schedule an appointment, visit skinspavincennes.com.
  • The Breast Care Center is now scheduling screening mammograms. To schedule a mammogram, call 812-885-3353.

4/24/20

  • Good Samaritan to Reopen Diagnostic Testing, Screening and Elective Procedures click to read more.

4/13/2020

  • Good Samaritan is increasing outpatient COVID-19 testing to include symptomatic patients that meet any of these criteria:
    • Are age 60 or older
    • Have Diabetes
    • Have Chronic Lung Disease
    • Have Cardiovascular Disease
    • Have Chronic Renal Disease
    • Others who will be considered for testing include individuals with known high-risk exposure, such as contact with a confirmed positive individual and travel to certain areas with high COVID-19 cases; and symptomatic patients that work in high contact areas where social distancing is difficult. Previously, testing guidelines required the patient to have had a known exposure or be hospitalized to be eligible for a COVID-19 test. As a reminder some of the key symptoms are: Fever, dry cough, fatigue, myalgia (muscle pain), shortness of breath, and sore throat.
  • Good Samaritan has now opend a Pediatric Respiratoy Clinic at the Willow Plaza, 1813 Willow Street. Pediatrician Dr. Heather Nichols will be seeing patients at the clinic. This clinic is for pediatric patients with any respiratory illness symptoms. No appointment is necessary, just pull up to a Pediatric Respiratory Clinic Parking spot and call 812-885-8572.

3/29/2020

  • We knew that it was inevitable for Knox County to have confirmed cases of COVID-19. To help keep our community informed of the testing and respiratory illness cases Good Samaritan is seeing, we have decided to share a By the Numbers dashboard on our coronavirus webpage. This dashboard will be updated daily. It is important to know that the confirmed cases are based on the patient's county of residence and not the location where they were tested.

    Again, we ask our community to please take the "shelter in place" order by Governor Holcomb seriously. We must all work together (apart) to stop the spread of COVID-19. Even if you do not have symptoms, it is very important for you to still stay home, or if you must go out in public for work or essential duties, please maintain social distancing.

    If you do have symptoms, we encourage you to call our nurse triage line at 812-885-3331 to seek advice on the appropriate care.

    https://www.gshvin.org/coronavirus/covid-19-by-the-numbers/

  • Grow Up with Good Samaritan COVID-19 Alert:

    In order to best protect our CPST staff and to comply with visitor restrictions, we are unfortunately ceasing scheduled car seat installs at this time. Parents and guardians that have met Grow Up with Good Samaritan requirements and are needing a replacement car seat for a child who has outgrown their infant seat may call 812-885-3369 for a next stage convertible car seat. It will be verified at the time of call that parents are compliant with the Grow Up with Good Samaritan program. Upon verification, a staff member will come outside of the hospital to present the new boxed car seat. Social distancing will be observed.

3/28/2020

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a health advisory for severe illness associated with using non-pharmaceutical chloroquine phosphate to prevent and treat coronavirus disease. Click here to read the full advisory.

3/27/2020

  • Good Samaritan Marketing & PR Director, Tiffany Conover, gave an update on Good Samaritan's COVID-19 response on Newscenter 22. Click here to view the story.

3/26/2020

  • Good Samaritan Encourages Tele-Health Usage During COVID-19 Pandemic. Click here to view WTHI's interview with Adam Thacker, Chief Operating Officer.

3/24/2020

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is alerting the public about fraud schemes related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here to learn more about this fraud alert and how to protect yourself. And please share this info with family members.

3/23/2020

  • Good Samaritan opened a Suspected Respiratory Illness Drive-Thru Triage Clinic at the Convenient Care Clinic, 1813 Willow Street. Those with respiratory illness are asked to call 812-885-3331 before arriving at the clinic. Hours are Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Patients with a non-respiratory acute care need who wish to seek walk-in care, can go to the Medical Center of Vincennes, 406 N. First Street. Patients can all 812-882-1106 for more information. Hours are Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Samaritan Center is beginning to call behavioral health patients to schedule video visits.
  • The Coumadin Clinic will be moving to the Welch Diabetes Education Center, 615 Dubois Street, temporarily. The Coumadin Clinic will begin seeing patients at the new location on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Patients are asked to enter the parking lot from 6th Street.
  • The Emergency Department has set up a triage tent at the entrance to the Emergency Department. All Emergency Department patients are asked to stop at the triage tent before entering the building.
  • The Good Samaritan Employee Fitness Center is now closed until further notice.
  • Health experts from across the Wabash Valley joined Mike Tank and Dana Winklepleck at WTWO in the studio to talk about the COVID-19 pandemic and how it is impacting area communities. The expert panel consisted of Mark Keilman, director of quality and infection control at Union Hospital; Nathan Vooys, chief executive officer at Regional Hospital; Dr. Edward Rico, chief of medical staff at Horizon Health in Paris, Ill.; Adam Thacker, chief operating officer at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes; Dr. Dorene Hojnicki, Vigo County EMA director; and Roni Elder, health educator for the Vigo County Health Department. Click here to watch.

Previous Updates:

  • The only open entrances to Good Samaritan are:
    • Health Pavilion

      Monday – Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

      Emergency Department

      24/7

      Cancer Pavilion

      Open for oncology patients only. Patients will be screened and an appointment will be verified.

  • Good Samaritan is under a no visitor policy. Exceptions will be made for one visitor in the following areas: Outpatient Surgery and Inpatient Surgery (Before Surgery, day of surgery only); Patients without mental capacity to answer questions or make decisions; End-of-life discussions and visitations; Pediatric patients - 1 parent or guardian; Laboring Mother, 1 laboring partner for entire stay; Behavioral Health at Discharge for Treatment Plan.
  • Any approved visitor that meets exception criteria must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Every visitor and outpatient who enters the hospital will have to complete a health screening assessment. CLICK HERE to download the Visitor Screening Form.
  • Valet service will be suspended until further notice, however, the shuttle will still be in operation to assist patients to the building from the parking lot.
  • Community Health Services screenings have been suspended until further notice.
  • All community support groups and community meetings have been suspended until further notice.

Services that have been postponed:

Effective March 17, all elective and non-urgent surgical procedures will be postponed until further notice. This includes surgery, endoscopy, cardiology and radiology. Good Samaritan surgical scheduling will be directly contacting those patients whom were scheduled to undergo a procedure.

  • Elective surgeries/procedures
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Screening Colonoscopy
  • Screening Mammogram
  • Valet (a shuttle is still available to offer rides to patients from the parking lot)